Simple Asian Soy-Peanut Noodles

At least twice a week, hubby and I find ourselves hankerin’ for something delicious, quick and different. Ya know, a little switcheroo from the usual grilled chicken, salad and rice, or whatever variation on that… Trust me, we get into cooking ruts, too! So, our craving usually means a quick call down to our favorite Thai takeout place. It’s yummy, it’s speedy, and… oh lordy, did I mention it’s yummy? But it’s a little pricey.

Um, don’t ya think it’s about time the light bulb went off? Hellloooo, Georgia, anyone home?! You do this for a living, for crying out loud. Grab your noodles, a big handful of cilantro, some wacky sounding Asian ingredients (Fish sauce? Rice vinegar? Don’t worry, they’re easy finds), and roll up your sleeves. Cooking outside your comfort zone is easier than it looks!

To be honest, I had zero intentions of sharing this recipe with you. I needed a super snappy side dish to go alongside a killah Thai steak salad for dinner last Friday… You better believe that recipe’s coming soon, too! But as I started mixing these noodles and the salty, creamy, fresh ingredients together, I noticed I had “tasted as I went” too much and barely left enough for dinner! These noodles are just that irresistible.

It was then that I realized I had something really special, and so incredibly quick and easy that it HAD to be shared. Out came the camera, then out came the chopsticks and napkins, and we dug in!

Our delicious salads and heaping bowls of these soy-peanut noodles were gone in no time. We slurped and eye-rolled ‘til our bellies were full, and stared down the empty bowls with sadness. Yes, that’s right… sadness. I mean, you’d be sad too if it took you 10 minutes to make this and it was gone in 2!

True story.

Simply put: You have got to make these scrumptious soy-peanut noodles. They’re slightly sweet and salty, but not overly so, with fragrant fresh ginger, garlic and cilantro to round out the flavors. A little crunch comes from peanuts and sesame seeds, which compliments the soft noodles so perfectly you’d think you were noshing down at your favorite Asian restaurant!

Try this delicious twist on everyone’s take-out favorite some weeknight, and I guarantee you’ll love it! Serve the noodles warm or cold alongside a big salad, or top them with grilled meat for a hearty full meal. So scrumptious and so simple you won’t believe it!

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Simple Asian Soy-Peanut Noodles

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. whole wheat thin spaghetti*

1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

2-3 Tablespoons soy sauce (more or less to taste)

1 teaspoon rice vinegar

1-2 Tablespoons peanut butter (any kind), to taste

1 Tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

1 garlic clove, minced

3 scallions, sliced

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1/4 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts

1 Tablespoon sesame seeds

Directions:

Set a medium pot of water to boil. Add spaghetti or noodles and cook according to package directions.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, peanut butter, honey, ginger, garlic, and scallions.

Once noodles have cooked, drain and add to the bowl with the soy mixture. Toss with tongs to coat well.

Serve and sprinkle with cilantro, peanuts, and sesame seeds.

Enjoy!

TIPS

You can also use regular spaghetti, vermicelli, udon noodles or soba noodles. Really, any type of thin noodle works great for this dish!

These noodles are delicious served warm, at room temperature, or cold.

Adapted from Food.com

      

54 Responses to “Simple Asian Soy-Peanut Noodles”

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 26, 2013 @ 12:34 am

    Oh I can see why these are a hit! Love the cilantro and dry roasted peanuts!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — August 26, 2013 @ 1:28 am

    Mmmm…. i love a simple and satisfying noodle recipe. This is no exception :)

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    Jamie@Milk N Cookies — August 26, 2013 @ 5:21 am

    This looks like the perfect weeknight meal! We have a huge bunch of cilantro in our fridge right now and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it (other than make pico de gallo). We’ll be trying this recipe out, to be sure!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — August 26, 2013 @ 6:04 am

    I think I could eat peanut noodles every day of my life – love them! I was laughing at your 2-minute meal sadness… definitely have been there! :)

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    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com — August 26, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    love love love the addition of the peanutbutter to these noodles! yum!

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    Monica — August 26, 2013 @ 7:36 am

    I adore peanut noodles, too! I’d dig right in that big bowl! And I agree – it is kinda sad when we polish off something yummy and it’s just gone…haha – back to the kitchen!

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    Teresa Blackburn — August 26, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    You know my partner, Wouter, makes a mean peanut sauce due to his deftness at making Indonesian dishes, so I shall get him to whip up a batch and I am adding this to my “what to have when you cannot think of what to have” list for dinner. Thank you for this gorgeously delicious idea.

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    Tieghan — August 26, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    Mmm! I love peanut noodles! These would be a big hit around here!

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — August 26, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    This sounds so good to me. I love a simple dish and this one fits the bill!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — August 26, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    I love simple, flavorful dishes like this! We are big Asian noodle fans too–sounds like we need to have a themed dinner party ;-)

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    Mom — August 26, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    The WFD question instantly solved! (what’s for dinner) Excellent recipe, Georgia!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — August 26, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    Haha, there is nothing sadder than looking at an empty bowl that once held such tasty yumminess. This looks amazing, and I’m such a sucker for Asian-inspired noodle dishes. Trying soon!

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    Archana @ FeedingTheFoodie — August 26, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    10 mins! That’s my kind of dinner – and I love thai food too. Do you think I could sub the rice vinegar with something? I usually dont keep it on hand and its the only ingredient I’m missing.

    • Georgia — August 26th, 2013 @ 11:30 am

      You can try leaving it out, but I can’t recommend substitutions as I’ve never tried anything else.

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — August 26, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    This is one of my favorite dishes when I eat Asian out. This looks wonderful!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — August 26, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    these kind of noodles are my absolutely favorite!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — August 26, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    I LOVE thai food. Love love love! Never can get enough. And this dish reminds me of one I always order at this teeny tiny thai place in the city. I’ve never made it at home though. Gotta try this. And your photos are gorgeous! You even make brown noodles look amazing. ;)

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — August 26, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    Simply satisfying and delicious! Love the peanut sauce.

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 26, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    I can totally seeing myself loving this!! Thai food is my ultimate obsession!

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    Ash-foodfashionparty — August 26, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    There is everything that I love in this recipe, love peanut butter in my noodles. Georgia your pictures are so beautiful, almost feel like picking it up through the screen and eating it..love it.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 26, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    These look like the perfect weeknight meal. Lovely recipe!

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    marcie@flavorthemoments — August 26, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    I’m glad you decided to share this, because it looks and sounds amazing! I have all of the ingredients for this, too. I would go crazy over this dish — I just love all of these flavors. Your photos always make everything look so incredible!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — August 26, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    I seriously want this for dinner! You have the best recipes, Georgia!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 26, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

    Definitely trying this soon! Love Asian flavors, and I know we would love this!

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    Monet — August 26, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    Hi lovely! Aren’t peanut noodles the best? These look so good! Perfect for a hot summer day. I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog (for one of Ryan’s necklaces) and I’d love for you to visit. I hope you are doing well, my friend!

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    Kathy — August 26, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    This sounds delicious! And I think my kids would love this!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — August 26, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    These flavors are some of my top favorites! Great recipe, Georgia!

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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — August 26, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    I am so crazy for this pea-nutty sauce. Putting this one on my list to try :)

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — August 26, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

    This is the kinda stuff I DREAM of having for lunch and dinner. So simple, yet so flavorful. Can I live in that bowl?!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — August 26, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

    Oh, how I wish that I could eat peanuts! (They don’t like me. And, soy is not good for me and soy sauce is so high in sodium.) But, Georgia…your dish looks incredibly yummy! I could probably use SunButter (sunflower butter) and go with gluten-free spaghetti noodles. For the soy sauce, I could probably replace with apple cider vinegar, fresh onion juice and a dash of molasses. Gorgeous and inviting photography as always! Thanks for sharing!

    • Georgia — August 27th, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

      Hi Stacy! If you’re worried about the soy sauce, the whole recipe only calls for 2-3 Tbsp. for 4 servings, so that’s less than a Tbsp. per serving. I’d actually recommend using low-sodium soy sauce anyway! Thanks for stopping by.

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — August 26, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

    I love the flavor profile here Georgia. I get into cooking rut too and this will definitely get you out of that rut. Great recipe and it looks delicious! :) Have a great week.

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    Joanne — August 27, 2013 @ 5:58 am

    As someone who is vaguely obsessed with all things Thai…this noodle dish is a thing of beauty. Sheer beauty!!

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    Ramona — August 27, 2013 @ 5:59 am

    Looks like a bowl full of yummy for my tummy!! I love the flavors you have going here! :)

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    Erika — August 27, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    This is my kinda dinner dish.. Yum!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — August 27, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    i love recreating take out at home. these noodles sound fab! pinned to try later.

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    Bill — August 27, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

    I LOVE Asian food and especially noodle dishes. These noodles look SO good, Georgia! Can’t wait to try this. Love that it’s so simple! Excellent post!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — August 27, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

    I love recipe’s like this that are packed with flavor!

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    honeywhatscooking — August 27, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

    these look phenomenal Georgia… totally Pad Thai! I know, it’s sad that I haven’t really attempted Thai/Chinese food, but I order out when I want.
    Your pictures are so nice, love the bowl.

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    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl — August 27, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    We love making our own takeout – we’ll definitely try this out on our next Asian-inspired night!

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    Dan from Platter Talk — August 27, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

    Georgia,
    I am happy you decided to share this recipe with us! It is SO up my alley. My biggest challenge would be knowing when to say “when!’ It looks fantastic, thanks again for sharing!!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — August 27, 2013 @ 10:58 pm

    I love making recreations of favorite restaurant dishes at home! So much fun. These noodles sound awesome–anything with soy sauce, ginger, scallions peanuts, and cilantro make me very, very happy :)

    I need to make this to take to work with me! So glad you shared.

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    Jaclyn — August 27, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

    I’m starting to really like Thai food so I totally need to try these noodles, they looks so good!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 28, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

    I love the simplicity of this! And I have all of the ingredients on hand too!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — August 30, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

    I like that you made Asian inspired noodles! I also cannot wait your Thai steak recipe too! Both will be together on our dinner plate!

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    Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies — September 3, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

    Hi, Georgia! I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I made these peanut noodles for dinner on Friday night. It was the perfect quick meal — we hadn’t really planned anything for dinner, but we were both starving. I was so pleased with how it turned out — fresh, filling, flavorful, and so very easy. We added a dash of sesame oil and a few drops of sriracha, and loved the end result.

    Thanks again for the inspiration — and for saving us from getting take-out on Friday!!!

    • Georgia — September 3rd, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed these noodles, Jamie! Sesame oil and sriracha are great additions – sounds like it was a delish solution for your starving bellies!

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    Andrew Cutright — September 8, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    I think it is traditional Thai food to add peanuts and sesame seeds to their dishes. I have tried other Thai noodles and those two ingredients were always present.

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    Claire Gallam — September 29, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

    I LOVE THIS Georgia!!! So easy yet delicious!

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    Rachel B. — October 7, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    This meal was awesome! My husband and I made it on Saturday – we added chicken as well for extra protein. It reminded me of a lighter Chicken Pad Thai – watch out Pei Wei! My husband who is a “meat and potato’s” kind of guy really enjoyed it! I have passed on the recipe to my family and co-workers! Thank you for sharing – I cannot wait to make it more often.

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    Nita VanderMey — October 30, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

    I can’t wait to try these noodles, just need to pick up a few ingredients. Sounds simple and yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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    Christa — November 18, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    I just made this recipe and it rocks! Don’t skip the cilantro, it really adds a lot. Made a batch for work lunches this week, easy to prepare. Thanks!!

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    Heather — April 4, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

    Delish! I used less vinegar and less pb, and added sriracha tofu. I could eat this daily.

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    Lindy — July 6, 2014 @ 5:29 pm

    This is delicious! We doubled the sauce recipe and added chicken – my hubs LOVED it!

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